After moving in to our house last week, speeding three nights living out of boxes we were away for a week in Cornwall- talk about timing! Although initially I was worried it’d end up being a total stress, getting a bit of downtime by the sea, indulging in a little reading and spending hours on trains listening to overdue podcasts was actually very welcome indeed. There’s something I unashamedly love about train travel. The romanticism of fleeting countryside views, the sea at eye level and the buzz of anticipation to new destinations. That and the blocks of empty time to fill- and here are a few ways I filled mine for some lazy Sunday reading (or train reading, if you’re like me)!
One piece I loved this week was initially spotted on Jazmine’s Instagram. It was featured in Stylist magazine, and I managed to dig it out online as it was really something that struck a chord with me. It made me think a little bit about how we view the words success and ambition- and how, honestly? I don’t think they’re directly correlated. It was refreshingly honest and definitely confirmed any suspicions that to be successful, and most importantly, happy- you don’t always have to be top of your career ladder and that’s ok.
Another piece I loved reading (which I found online but believe was actually printed last month) was in Glamour on ‘what I’ve learnt from failed friendships’. Friendship breakups are one of the toughest things in your twenties (in fact, at any age)- and talking about it candidly is something I really think we could all learn a lot from. Being someone who is admittedly wanting to people please, I find breakdowns of friendships an unbelievably tricky thing to wrap my noggin around. We’re able to speak freely about relationship breakups, but when friendships become trying it’s a whole different ball game. This was a real eye opener for me, and definitely made me realise it’s actually pretty normal- and although it is difficult, we can sometimes take some important lessons from them.
Finally, although totally off topic this piece on Buzzfeed about how the homes from Changing Rooms have aged was possibly one of the funniest pieces of the week- and literally had Joe and I in stitches reading through- have a nosey for some questionable Pinterest interiors inspiration. Ahem.
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Tying a little in to the previous piece about ambition, Callie’s post about being a girl boss was another beautifully put post (ironically from someone who to me, is an ultimate girl boss without even trying). Having had lots of thoughts recently about the pressure of doing it all (which I have a full post about coming soon)- I love (as always) how Callie speaks so openly about these things, especially in industries like blogging where there can be a heightened amount of pressure- you go girl.
Finally, I also loved reading my pal Lucy’s final post about our time in Greece. I’m happy to admit I’m not even biased here, but not only were the photos stunning (Frances is a genius), but the words gave me all the warm fuzzies- and I sincerely think celebrating friendships is one of the loveliest things (best read whilst listening to a bitta Miley’s Malibu).
I’ve said before how much I’ve loved Anna and Lily’s ‘At Home With…’ podcast series, and absolutely loved their final (sob) episode with Zoe. I’ve been overly indulging in Zoe’s moving videos, so hearing friends have an open chat about interiors, being a young businesswoman and everything in between truly made for some comforting (and bloody good) listening. I definitely also took notes on Zoe’s homeware recommendations too!
Kate is one of my favourite people online in general (her YouTube, Pinterest, blog, Instagram, home, face, y’know- JUST EVERYTHING), and seeing her elopement to New York last month gave me all the feels. It was really interesting sitting down and hearing her and Jordan talk about the process together in one of her new videos, and felt like it was a refreshing way of approaching the wedding conversation and how at the end of the day it’s about the two of you and what makes you happy. Congrats, pal!
If that’s not enough to get your teeth into (or, like me, you have 5 hours on a train)- I also loved e-flicking through the June issue of Local Wolves. I love how they celebrate interesting new talent, and adore their features, photography and everything in-between. It’s a great read, and editor Catherine is amazing to follow on Twitter too.
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